By Elise Franco
The Wheels and Keels Classic Car and Antique Wooden Boat Show is an end-of-the-summer event that puts a unique spin on the traditional car show, its organizers say.
Terry Jacob, event organizer, said the event, noon to 4 p.m. today at the Lake Milton Amphitheater, is the final major lakefront event of the summer. It’s on Grandview Road, off Mahoning Avenue, and can be located by following the posted “beach” signs.
“This is our third year, and we’re going to have between 75 and 100 cars and boats,” Jacob said. “Every year is gets a bit bigger.”
Jacob said the patrons and participants will see a variety of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles from the 1930s through the 1970s.
But the real show stoppers are the antique wooden boats on display, said Dan Mattozzi, a show participant.
“Some of the old boats are phenomenal. The rare wood is gorgeous,” he said. “The guys like to show off what they’ve done.”
Jacob said the event is free, and those who attend can participate in a 50/50 raffle, hourly drawings and arts and crafts for children.
Patrons can also enjoy food and drinks for purchase catered by The Fifth Season and a 2 p.m. water skiing show on the lake, he said.
“It’s such a nice location with the waterfront, grassy areas and shade,” Jacob said. “It’s a change from the normal car shows in this area.”
Jacob said the event is a fundraiser for the Lake Milton Nature Arts Center, which does capital improvement projects at the lake and beach.
He said the group has raised enough money through this and other events to build the amphitheater, public restroom facilities and a paved walkway that they hope to eventually wind around the entire lake.
“This is one of our major fundraising opportunities. ... It’s a way to give back to the Lake Milton community,” he said. “We’re slowly starting to see the fruits of our labor.”